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UN calls for comprehensive debt standstill in all developing countries

Poor and middle-income countries need bold new mechanisms to dig out of crushing debt, sharply worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on “green,” sustainable recovery, a senior UN official…  


Good Growth Partnership: Year Three Highlights from 2020

The Good Growth Partnership convenes a wide range of stakeholders and initiatives throughout soy, beef and palm oil supply chains to reduce deforestation and enable sustainable…  


In Côte d’Ivoire, pandemic prompts surge in extreme poverty

COVID-19 has struck informal workers especially hard in Cote d’Ivoire, causing the number of households considered “extremely poor” to spike nearly four-fold, according to a new assessment by UNDP and…  


In Nepal, multiple sectors, economic growth slammed by pandemic and lockdown, study finds

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown to contain it have hit Nepal’s tourism, entertainment, and transport sectors hard, slamming projected economic growth and pushing three in every five…  


COVID-19 sparks urgency around justice for women, new report calls for action

A new report documents major challenges to women’s access to justice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and puts forth recommendations to accelerate action and push back against threats to progress.  


Statement by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner on the UN Secretary-General's report on debt and COVID-19

UNDP commends the decisions of the IMF, the World Bank Group, and the G20 to immediately suspend debt service payments of 76 countries for one year, including 40 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.  


United Nations Statement to the Development Committee

The unprecedented crisis triggered by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, has focused the full attention of the United Nations’ System (UN) on a strategy of rapid response and recovery.  


Providing hope and support for Yemeni women as conflict drags on

Women become equal partners in addressing urgent needs in their communities.  


Launch of the IDDRS

Statement: Launch of the revised Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS)  


In Washington, UN Development Chief calls for strong coalition to finance sustainable development

On the eve of the ‘Decade of Action for the SDGs’, Achim Steiner underscores need for investing in long-term structural transformation.